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Kogi accident claims 10, victims Burnt Beyond Recognition

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Kogi accident claims 10, victims Burnt Beyond Recognition

At least ten people have lost their lives in a motor accident along Lokoja-Abuja federal highway today when a petrol tanker caught fire on after colliding with a passenger bus.

It was gathered that the accident occurred at about 4pm on Friday at Felele in the outskirts of Lokoja town.
A tanker conveying premium Motor spirit went up in flames on account if the accident killing the occupants and passengers in Hiace bus and some keke NAPEP that were following the tanker.
The sources further disclosed that the petrol tanker caught fire in a self inflicted accident before other vehicles rammed into the tanker.

Some passengers in the Hiace bus were burnt beyond recognition while several other passengers suffered various degrees of burn due to intensity of the inferno.

Some houses and shops close to the road were almost consumed by the fire if not for the quick intervention of good samaritans and officers of Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC).
The accident caused serious hold up as vehicles travelling from the north and southern part of the country were held to ransom.

Some motorists travelling to the south had to make detour to divert through Lokoja town to avoid the traffic holdup.

Meanwhile officers of Federal Road Safety Commission. Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp and the Nigerian Police have been drafted to the scene to control the situation while those that lost their lives have been deposited in the Mortuary of the Specialist Hospital Lokoja.
The Kogi State Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr. Segun Matins and his men were busy putting things under control.

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A major win for Pondei-led NDDC IMC as court validates its leadership

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A major win for Pondei-led NDDC IMC as court validates its leadership

A Federal High Court in Abuja has reinstated the Prof. Daniel Pondei led interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The court had denied sacking the management of IMC as earlier reported by the Media in a suit brought before it by the Incorporated Trustees of the Forum for Accountability and Good Governance.
President Muhammadu Buhari had sacked the NDDC IMC on December 12, 2020 while he replaced it with another interim sole administrator to take over the affairs of the commission on the strength of the purported court injunction against the Podei-led IMC.

However, the Court reiterated that the NDDC IMC was never dismissed, stressing that there was no order for interim injunction (against the IMC) granted by this court”.
The court also ordered in suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/617/2020 that two journalists from Channels and Sun Newspaper respectively to undo the misleading news story, and tell the world the truth of its ruling.

According to the court papers, the court was clear that the leave sought by the plaintiffs did not amount to an injunction but a permission to sue which was allowed but now stands struck out by subsequent findings of the court in January, 2021.
It is not clear whether Prof Pondei-led IMC of NDDC will be reinstated by President Buhari since the president was earlier advised by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to sack the interim managers.

However, there are indications that the Presidency might be working to act on the judgement of the court .

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Finally Biden arrives at the White House

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US President Joe Biden arrived at the White House on Wednesday, walking the last block with members of his family through streets that were eerily empty because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Under tight security, military bands and an escort of police motorcycles led the presidential motorcade to the White House down Pennsylvania Avenue.
Biden was riding in a limousine with the license plate “46” — he is the 46th US president — flanked by six mask-wearing Secret Service agents before emerging to walk the final steps to the White House.

“It feels like I’m going home,” he told a reporter from NBC News along the route.

Biden’s arrival was followed shortly afterward by that of Kamala Harris, the first woman vice president of the United States.

The 78-year-old Biden was sworn in at the Capitol about four hours earlier, calling for “unity” in his inauguration speech.

Instead of going straight to the White House, Biden and Harris visited Arlington National Cemetery to pay respects to US military war dead at a ceremony attended by former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.

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FG to provide Solar home systems for 5m households

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FG to provide Solar home systems for 5m households 

Nigeria’s Minister of State for Power Jedy-Agba has disclosed that the country is set for a ‘bounce back’ programme in its green recovery initiative that will provide solar home systems to 5 million households

He spoke at a UK hosted Climate Change Conference Roundtable on Clean Power Transition on 11 January during a virtual visit to the UK on 10–12 January by United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres which he attended. 

The Minister added that off-grid power sources have become more competitive since the removal of fuel subsidies.

He stressed that Nigeria was taking steps to merge its energy access and energy transition plan. 
He acknowledged that the largest population without electricity globally resides within its borders, and identified financing as a major constraint to Nigeria’s clean and renewable energy transition plans. 
According to him, 

“With the help of the international community, we can improve the decentralized renewable energy market to create jobs, provide energy more quickly to those without access, and ensure that we maintain and eventually reduce our emission levels to achieve our net-zero objectives.

“As the COP26 Presidency, the UK Government is committed to supporting the Nigerian government to develop ambitious evidence-based plans to deliver on Nigeria’s own commitments ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November 2021. 
“The UK supported the solar sector in Nigeria with a £66m programme between 2014 and 2020 which  helped provide energy access to   5.5 million Nigerians since 2015.
He said the UK is delivering ongoing programmes to develop quality standards, financing and manufacturing arrangements for solar home systems.
“Many UK companies are also active in the solar home system market in Nigeria.
“The UK considers the licensing of mobile money to facilitate Pay As You Go arrangements for solar home systems a positive development.”

The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres at the event challenged developed nations to fulfil their pledges to provide $100 billion annually for developing countries’ clean energy transition.
During the roundtable, the Foreign Secretary announced that the UK will pledge up to £38 million to the Climate Compatible Growth programme, supporting developing countries to accelerate their transition to clean energy while growing their economies.
“The UK is already moving to clean power faster than any major economy, and last year committed to protect at least 30 per cent of its land and ocean by 2030.
“Together these announcements address the two leading sources of global emissions – electricity generation and land use – and demonstrate the UK’s leadership in fighting climate change ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November.”

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